M.F.A. in Digital Animation and Interactive Media

Curriculum


The Digital Animation and Interactive Media program leading to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Design is formulated for students intending to work as designers in the digital animation and interactive industries and in colleges and universities teaching animation and interaction related courses.

The curriculum philosophy is one of learning through experimentation and practice. Year One is constructed as an Exploration year, in which students choose new experiences that will enhance their current understanding of new media. Year Two is a Practice and Application year which demands continued exercising and rehearsal of new practices. Year Three results in Synthesis, in which students demonstrate a deep understanding of the craft and its context.

Example Course Plan


Courses marked with * are required in the semester shown. Electives and other courses represent the credit hour requirements and suggested distribution, but are flexible in the order that they are taken.

Year One

Autumn Semester
Design 6200 Foundation for Grad Studies, 3 cr.*
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr.

Spring Semester
Design 6300 Exploration in Grad Studies, 3 cr.*
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.
First Year Review

May/Summer
Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr.
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.

Year Two

Autumn Semester
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
AAEP7795* Research Writing, 3 cr.
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.

Spring Semester
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr..
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.
Thesis Committee Review

May/Summer
Elective – Interdisciplinary, 3 cr.

Year Three

Autumn Semester
Design 7998 Thesis Project (Independent), 3 cr.
Design 7999 Thesis Writing (Independent), 3 cr.
Elective – Interdisciplinary, 3 cr.

Spring Semester
Design 7998 Thesis Project (Independent), 3 cr.
Design 7999 Thesis Writing (Independent), 3 cr.
Masters Examination

Total Credit Hours: 60

Category Descriptions


Theory/History/Criticism Electives (9 credits)

Theoretical and practical analysis of cinematic structure, narrative and objective animation and interactive new media from a Humanities perspective. Students will choose from approved OSU courses in these areas for approval by their adviser.

Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Studio Electives (6 credits)

Collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork is a critical component of animation and technology-based production. Students are required to participate in at least two studios engaging in multidisciplinary activities. Some of the existing courses meeting these criteria are co-taught by faculty in different disciplines, providing a good model for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Studio course structure. Students will choose from approved OSU courses in these areas for approval by their adviser.

Studio/Lab Electives (12 credits)

Digital animation and interactive media is a technology-intensive practice in continuous development and change. Students will have a variety of backgrounds and special interests. Students will choose courses in the areas of technical skills for animation and interactive media, programming and algorithms, visual design, audio design, writing and scripting and professional development.

Writing Seminar, Thesis Development & Thesis Project (15 credits)

Includes AAEP 7795 Research Writing. Thesis Production (7998) and Writing (7999) courses are taken independently with members of the student's thesis committee.


For detailed information about forming Thesis Committees, the first year review and Thesis Committee Review, please see the Design department’s Graduate Handbook at: https://design.osu.edu/grad/resources

 

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